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Cracker (ITV 1993-1996, Robbie Coltrane, Geraldine Somerville)

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Robbie Coltrane gives a memorable star turn in crime drama series Cracker as the uncompromising expert criminal psychologist, Dr Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald. He’s also a chain-smoking gambler and alcoholic, who finds it difficult being faithful to his wife. But his ability to get into the minds of violent criminals means that the police often – reluctantly – rely on foul-mouthed Fitz to help solve their most difficult cases.

After three seasons and a feature length special the series ended in 1006 but there was a surprise one off revival ten years later.

Memorable moment: The powerful, shocking scenes in the second series, when DS Jane Penhaligon (Geraldine Somerville) is raped and then pieces together the details, realising her attacker is very close to home. She then sets about exacting her revenge.

Summing up his love of excess, Fitz says: “I drink too much, I smoke too much, I gamble too much. I am too much.”

Trivia: Coltrane and Somerville appear in completely different guises in all four of the Harry Potter films. Coltrane stars as Rubeus Hagrid, the gamekeeper and teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, while Somerville plays Harry’s deceased mother, Lily.

Robbie Coltrane also appeared as a villain in the US remake of Cracker, which was re-titled Fitz.

The stories were generally 3 parters although are often shown feature length for repeat screenings.

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ROBBIE COLTRANE as Fitz
BARBARA FLYNN as Judith Fitzgerald
GERALDINE SOMERVILLE as Det Sgt Jane Penhaligon
CHRIS ECCLESTON as Det Ch Insp David Bilborough
LORCAN CRANITCH as Det Sgt Jimmy Beck
RICKY TOMLINSON as Det Ch Insp Wise

crew details
Creator: Jimmy McGovern
Producers: Gub Neal, Paul Abbott

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – Granada
Duration: 22×50 minute episodes 1×100 minute episodes 1×105 minute episode
Aired From: 27 September 1993 – 28 October 1996 and 1 October 2006

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